Maura Bennett
Maura Bennett

The Ag Information Network has reported on a newly announced assistance for livestock and poultry producers who were hit with big losses as the pandemic

Caused the shutdown of processing facilities.

Today is the first day to sign up for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program or PLIP.

Zach Ducheneaux is a Farm Service Administrator.

Ducheneaux: “These producers who had to euthanize or otherwise dispose of animals because slaughter capacity just wasn’t there because of the pandemic. Producers who meet the qualifications will be paid based on 80% of the fair market value of their livestock and poultry and for the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animal-based on a single payment rate per head.

Eligible livestock includes swine, chicken, and turkeys. Livestock must have been depopulated from March 1st, 2020 through December 26th, 2020 because of a lack of processing access.

Sign-up will continue through September 17th. Ducheneaux says there is no per-person or entity payment limit on the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program. The loss was larger than some of the USDA’s other customary payment limits. Producers qualify based on their average adjusted gross income is under $900,000 for the tax years 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Livestock and poultry producers who qualify for the PLIP payments can sign up at local FSA offices around the southeast. Information about the program is also online at

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